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Basic Data

  • Born: January 15, 1973
  • Place of birth: Elte, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Nationality: German
  • Studies: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB)
  • Teacher: Sighard Gille
  • Similar artists: Neo Rauch
  • Era: Contemporary art




Matthias Weischer was born on January 15, 1973 in Elte in North Rhine-Westphalia. There he spent his childhood and youth.


Studies and “New Leipzig School”

In the Age of 22, Weischer began to study painting at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) in Leipzig. In 2000 he graduated with diploma and thereupon he became a master student of the artist Sighard Gille. He held this position till 2003.

During his years as a master student he was one of the founders of Produzentengalerie LIGA in Berlin which he founded with ten other former students of the HGB. Artists like Tim Eitel, Christoph Ruckhäberle, David Schnell, Tom Fabritius and Tilo Baumgärtel were part of this association. This gallery project helped the young artists to show their work in group and solo exhibitions. In 2004 they dissolved the project.

Often the term “New Leipzig School”(Neue Leipziger Schule) was used with reference to these artists. However, the diversely composed group of artists partly rejected this term. Numerous students of Sighard Gille and Arno Rink are included in this group, among others Neo Rauch.

Matthias Weischer had received several scholarships during his time with Sighard Gille. These included the scholarship Young Art at Kunsthaus in Essen in 2001 and the scholarship of Stiftung Kunstfond Bonn e.v. in 2002.

In 2005 Matthias Weischer was part of the artist programme Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative through which he spent a year as a protégé of David Hockney and learned a lot through this collaboration. Numerous solo exhibitions followed. In 2007 he received a scholarship from the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo.


Subsequent life

Matthias Weischer lives and works in his adopted home Leipzig. He is represented internationally through the galleries Eigen+Art Leipzig, Galerie König in Berlin and the Saatchi Gallery through which he became known worldwide.





The Netherlands





Past exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2015 Matthias Weischer – Galerie Johann König, Berlin
  • 2015 Traces to Nowhere – Lehmann Maupin Galerie, Hong Kong
  • 2014 The Vincent Award Room. Matthias Weischer – Gemeetmuseum, The Hague
  • 2013 Thicket – Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2011 ALICE, ARMIN UND ALL DIE ANDEREN. Arbeiten auf Papier – Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig; Kunstverein Bremerhaven
  • 2009 Room with a View – Kunsthalle, Mainz
  • 2008 Malerei. Painting – Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
  • 2008 In the Space Between – Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga
  • 2007 Malerei. Painting – Kunsthalle Mannheim
  • 2006 Arbeiten auf Papier – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
  • 2004 Simultan – Künstlerhaus, Bremen
  • 2003 3 Zimmer, Diele, Bad – Galerie LIGA, Berlin
  • 2002 Räumen – Kunsthaus, Essen
  • 2001 Malerei – Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig


Group exhibitions

  • 2015 Leipzig 2015. Sammlung Hildebrand – G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig
  • 2015 Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? – Die Neue Aktionsgalerie, Berlin
  • 2013 44. Art Basel
  • 2012 Atelier + Küche = Labore der Sinne – MARTa Herford, Herford
  • 2011 Dreitausenddreihundertachtundvierzig und eine Nacht – Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • 2010 In Monte Carlo – Galerie EIGEN+ART, Leipzig
  • 2010 Die Bilder tun was mit mir... – Frieder Burda Museum, Baden-Baden
  • 2009 MOCA’s First Thriteen Years – Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • 2007 Imagination Becomes Reality – ZKM, Karlsruhe
  • 2006 MADE IN LEIPZIG – Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg/ Vienna
  • 2005 Biennale di Venezia 51., Venice
  • 2004 Direkte Malerei – Kunsthalle, Mannheim
  • 2003 1. Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague
  • 2003 Sieben Mal Malerei – Leipziger Kunstverein, Leipzig
  • 2002 5 aus 11 – Galerie LIGA, Berlin
  • 2001 At Home – Kunstverein Lindau
  • 2001 Szenenwechsel XX – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a. M.
  • 2000 lokal – Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig



  • 2007 Förderpreis der Helmut-Kraft-Stiftung, Stuttgart
  • 2007 Villa Massimo Scholarship, Rome
  • 2005 August-Macke-Preis, Meschede
  • 2005 6. Kunstpreis der Leipziger Volkszeitung
  • 2004 Award Winner of the Rolex Mentor Initiative



  • Matthias Weischer. SOLO, Vicenza 2014.
  • Matthias Weischer. Thicket, exhibitiion, Galerie Grimm Amsterdam, Cologne 2014.
  • Matthias Weischer. Obra Nueva / New Work, exhibition catalogue, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico 2011.
  • Werkstatt. Mattias Weischer, exhibition catalogue, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Munich 2011.
  • Matthias Weischer. Room With a View, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Mainz, Nuremberg 2009.
  • Der Garten. Arbeiten auf Papier, exhibition catalogue, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Ostfildern 2007.
  • Räumen, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthaus Essen.